LAUREN GIBALDI MATHUR
Branch Librarian, Alafaya Branch Library

Awarded Literary Prize | February 2017
Was awarded 2016 Florida Book Award Silver Prize in Young Adult Fiction for her novel “Autofocus” published by Harper Collins. The Florida Book Awards is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature. Authors must be full-time Florida residents.   Submissions are read by juries of three members, each nominated from across the state by co-sponsoring organizations. Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer 2017 issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and will be featured at book festivals and association conferences throughout the year. In addition, copies of all award-winning books will be put on permanent public display in the Florida Governor’s Mansion library and in Florida State University’s Strozier Library.

MIRA TANNA
Assistant Manager, Youth Services, Main Library

Published Staff Member | December 2016
Published an article entitled “Goats, Giants, and… Science? Teaching Engineering Concepts through Fairy Tales” in the Winter 2016 issue of Children & Libraries.  It describes the Fairy Tale STEM programs that Nicole Suarez created and trained other staff to present with the Disney-supported ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Curiosity Creates Grant funds.

NATALIE HOUSTON
Branch Manager, Winter Garden Branch

Libraries of the Future Mini-Conference Presentation | October 2016
Co-presented along with Youth Service Librarian, Alyson Murray, at the Future Mini-Conference 2016 Libraries as Classroom,  hosted by San Jose State University. The breakout session  webinar was entitled "Hands-on Coding for Young Programmer" and covered library events that have been developed by a team of staff members to introduce our young patrons to coding concepts.

VIVIANA (VIVI) VALENCIA-SERRANO
Youth Services Librarian, Chickasaw

Published Staff Member | March 2016
Published an article entitled "Preschoolers and Parents" in the March/April 2016 issue of Public Libraries magazine. It discusses the importance of reaching out to parents of preschoolers with programming and how they can their child's first teacher.

KIM PETERS
Reference Clerk, Orlando Public Library

Published Staff Member | January 2015
Published an article entitled "Buried Treasures" on EPOCH (Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage) and Orlando Memory in the Central Florida Genealogy Society newsletter.

VANESSA NEBLETT
Assistant Department/Branch Manager, Orlando Public Library

Published Staff Member | August 2014
Co-authored a chapter entitled "Preserving Your Community's Memories: Developing Librarians for Digital Preservation," which has been selected for inclusion in the anthology Creative Management of Small Public Libraries in the 21st Century to be published by Scarecrow Press in December 2014.

ORMILLA VENGERSAMMY
Technology & Education Center Department Head, Orlando Public Library

Tampa Bay Library Consortium Webinar | June 2014
Presented in a webinar hosted by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium entitled Learn More About Makerspace Projects in Chattanooga, Orlando, and Tampa. During the presentation one of the participants tweeted 'Quite possibly the BEST library makerspace - Melrose Center'.

ORMILLA VENGERSAMMY
Technology & Education Center Department Head, Orlando Public Library

2014 Florida Library Association Presentation | May 2014
Co-presented at the Florida Library Association with Ann Collins and Natalie Houston; Presentation title: Envision Excellence in STEM Education: Plans and Practices for Embracing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The presentation offered detailed step-by?step guidelines for streamlining STEM planning for any audience from strategic planning through implementation and specific programming activities. The presentation includes lively slide shows, demos of hands?on technology training, activities to get everyone involved, and strategies for applying instructional design principles to develop creative and critical thinking skills.

JENNIFER DENNIS
Branch Circulation Clerk, Southwest Branch

Exhibiting Artist | March 2014
Created a mixed-media piece, A Solemn Consideration, inspired by A Tale of Two Cities and the county-wide celebration of the author Charles Dickens. The piece has been recently accepted into the Orlando Museum of Art’s, What the Dickens! event to be held at the museum.

ORMILLA VENGERSAMMY
Technology & Education Center Department Head, Orlando Public Library

Maryland’s Regional and Public Libraries Webinar | October 2013
Co-presented with Ann Collins in a webinar hosted by the Maryland’s Regional and Public Libraries: Conversation Sparks... Fueling conversations about libraries. The discussions included ways we teach and promote STEM education for kids and teens at the Orange County Library System.

NATALIE HOUSTON
Branch Manager, Winter Garden Branch

Published Staff Member | September 2013
Co-authored a chapter titled “ ART: Art Revolution for Teens”  which is included in the anthology Bringing the Arts into the Library published by ALA Editions in September 2013.

NATALIE HOUSTON
Branch Manager, Winter Garden Branch

Published Staff Member | August 2013
Authored a chapter entitled "Youth Contests as Outreach," which has been selected for inclusioin in the  anthology Pre-School Through Teen Library Outreach to be published by McFarland Publishers in 2013.

NISHA PHILLIP-MALAHOO
Technology Trainer, Casual, Washington Park Branch

Certification Received | August 2013
Received the Microsoft Office Specialist certification by passing the Word 2010 test. This certifications demonstrates proficiency in at least 80% of Word’s functionality. Users are able to create, modify and format professional looking documents using Intermediate to Advanced tools.

PAMALA WILSON
Assistant Department/Branch Manager, Orlando Public Library

Course Completed | August 2013
Successfully completed the Case Western Reserve University's online course, Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence. This course examined effective leadership practices through emotional intelligence by reviewing behavioral and neuroscience evidence, completing personal exercises and study individual cases. The course required a commitment of approximately 6-8 hours per week to complete assigned readings, lecture videos, personal learning assignments and weekly quizzes. The course was presented from May until August, 2013.

CHRISTINE LINDLER
Events/Programs Development Manager, Orlando Public Library

Sunshine State Leadership Institute Graduate | July 2013
Graduated from the 2012-2013 Sunshine State Leadership Institute in July 2013. The Institute offers an intensive 10 month learning experience that requires significant time, energy, and commitment from participants and their libraries. The Sunshine State Leadership Institute is designed to prepare library leaders to serve the residents of Florida in the most effective and innovative manner that will meet today's needs and tomorrow's challenges.

GRISELDA CLARKE
Branch Manager, Edgewater Branch

SEFLIN Presenter | July 2013
Presented at the SEFLIN Evolving Library Technologies Conference in Miami on July 11th 2013. Clarke presented on the topic How to Build Your Own E-book Platform from Scratch. She spoke about the specific components of building an eBook platform. She addressed assessing your community needs, defining your library eBook lending business model, constructing a contract and negotiating with vendors. Clarke and colleague Ricardo Viera explained the steps, successes and challenges that OCLS has had in implementing a hosted eBook platform.

GRISELDA CLARKE
Branch Manager, Edgewater Branch

Course Completed | May 2013
Successfully completed the online course Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations offered through Vanderbilt University. This course enriched students with the tools necessary to improve their ability to manage creativity, innovation and change in business by diagnosing potential innovation failures before they can occur. Students learned how to best manage people when innovation is the goal by understanding and managing the people engaged in creation, innovation and positive change, regardless of the context. The course required a commitment of approximately 6-8 hours per week to complete assigned readings, lecture videos, personal learning assignments and weekly quizzes. The course was presented from March until May 2013.

NATALIE HOUSTON
Branch Manager, Winter Garden Branch

2013 Florida Library Association Presentation | May 2013
Represented OCLS at the 2013 Florida Library Association conference co-presenting with Vera Gubnitskaia and Brittany Nethers; to deliver a presentation titled, "Templates for Partnerships Benefiting Youth". Attendees learned the value of establishing unlikely partnerships and examples of how partnerships are structured. Attendees shared real-life examples of partnerships and insight into how to maintain and evaluate partnerships at an institutional level.

TONY ORENGO
Instructional Technology Specialist, Orlando Public Library

2013 Florida Library Association Presentation | May 2013
Represented OCLS at the 2013 Florida Library Association conference presenting FABbulous Centers: Empowering Libraries to Get Innovative and Creative with Hi-Tech Technology. There were over 60 members in attendance.

ORMILLA VENGERSAMMY
Technology & Education Center Department Head, Orlando Public Library

2013 Florida Library Association Presentation | May 2013
Represented OCLS at the 2013 Florida Library Association conference presenting FABbulous Centers: Empowering Libraries to Get Innovative and Creative with Hi-Tech Technology. There were over 60 members in attendance.

LEISA CARAVELLO
Assistant Department/Branch Manager, Southwest Branch

Course Completed | April 2013
Successfully completed the Vanderbilt University’s online course: Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations. The course consisted of assigned readings, lecture videos, individual assignments, and team assignments. It required a time commitment of approx-8 hours per week from Feb.- April 2013. This graduate business course helped participants improve their ability to manage innovation in organizations by diagnosing innovation constraints and developing strategies for overcoming the constraints.

CRAIG GOETZKE
Custodial & Security Manager, Orlando Public Library

Innovation Course Completed | April 2013
Successfully completed the Vanderbilt University’s online course: Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations. The course consisted of assigned readings, lecture videos, individual assignments, and team assignments. It required a time commitment of approx-8 hours per week from Feb.- April 2013. This graduate business course helped participants improve their ability to manage innovation in organizations by diagnosing innovation constraints and developing strategies for overcoming the constraints.

BRIAN HAYNES
Assistant Department/Branch Manager, Herndon Branch

Course Completed | April 2013
Successfully completed Vanderbilt University’s online course, Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations. The course consisted of assigned readings, lecture videos, individual assignments, and team assignments. It required a time commitment of approx-8 hours per week from Feb.- April 2013. This graduate business course helped participants improve their ability to manage innovation in organizations by diagnosing innovation constraints and developing strategies for overcoming the constraints.

ORMILLA VENGERSAMMY
Technology & Education Center Department Head, Orlando Public Library

Published Staff Member | April 2013
Co-authored article: Fabrication Labs: New Possibilities Through Community STEM Relationships published in Florida Libraries, The Official Journal of the Florida Library Association, Volume 56, No. 1, Spring 2013.

PAMALA WILSON
Assistant Department/Branch Manager, Orlando Public Library

Course Completed | April 2013
Successfully completed Vanderbilt University's online offering, Leading Strategic Innovation In Organizations. This 8-week online graduate level course helped participants improve their ability to manage innovation in organizations by diagnosing and developing strategies for overcoming innovation constraints. Examining social science research and insights from business practices, students looked at ways to manage people and projects when innovation is the goal.  It required a time commitment of approx-8 hours per week from Feb.- April 2013.

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